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    Posted: 25 July 2018 at 22:40
Hi all,

I cook most of the food in the pressure cooker. The pressure cooker that I'm using is more than 10 years old. But last day, one of my friends said that it is not safe to use a pressure cooker that is more than 8 years old. She said that cooking in old appliances can cause a lot of health hazards. Is it so? What might be the reason for it? Should I change the pressure cooker and buy a new one? Where should I dispose of the old pressure cooker? Can I get the help of companies that provide appliance removal service for that? Share your views on that.

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There is a whole volume of conventional wisdom about the safety of pressure cookers. Unfortunately, most of it is wrong. At least it is with modern ones.

There is no particular reason why a 8 year old pressure cooker is any less safe than a brand new one. At most, the seal might need replacing. But all that means is that the unit won't come to pressure.

If your unit is behaving properly, then it is perfectly safe to use.
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My stove top pressure cooker is more than 20 years old, young enough to be considered a modern PC due to it's safety features,  and it works as well to today as it did the day I bought it.  I've never even had to change the gasket.  Probably because I oil it before any storage time.

All of that said, I picked up an Instant Pot a few months ago and my stove top PC hasn't gotten a lick of use since I did that.  Why?  The IP isn't as versatile as my stove top (when using it as a pressure cooker) but there is something to be said for a "set it and forget it" appliance of any kind. 

My stove top PC needs baby sitting and my new electric does not.  I don't even have to be there when using the delayed start or after I start it manually.

I bought my IP on one of the many sales, and I mean many, you'll will see throughout the year.  My newer 6qt IP Duo Plus was under $100 and the old style Duo's sale price is under $80.  Another 6qt model, the Lux I think, , will sell for under $50. Something to consider if you use a PC a lot. 

I use my IP much more frequently than I ever used my stove top just because it is so easy.
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The only thing that would give me pause is if the cooker is old enough that it doesn't have a pressure relief plug. Mine cooker is about 25-30 years old and has one. It looks like a rubber plug about 3/8 inch or 1cm  in diameter. The plug is designed to blow out of its hole if the pressure gets too great.

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